Spirit, money and dreams, these are the three elements that set Mumbai apart from any other city in the world,” says artist Raj More. His works, on display at Jehangir Art Gallery from tomorrow, draw inspiration from the life and people in a city that is he says “is always in transition”. “Only New York has a similar flavour to Mumbai. No other Indian city is even remotely like her.”
His exhibition, B 4 Mumbai, features 15 paintings, all concentrating on current hot topics like housing, migration and overcrowding in locals and highlighting the evolution of the city as it grew from a small group of islands into the bustling megapolis it is today. They are the result of three years of research and hard work. More says, “The city talks to me. It changes constantly and each new facet provides inspiration for my work. All my works have months of research behind them and represent the city.”
The artist, who has earlier held several solo and group shows in India and abroad and has had his works featured in international auctions, believes that best part of the city is that it welcomes everyone. More says, “People talk about migration from only north, but the city opens its arms to people from across India. From a Bihari to a dabbawallah, all call this city their home and their own.”
The reason for this are the many rag-to-riches stories you hear. He says, “Anyone can dream here and achieve their goal. This hope is what brings them to the city.”
The exhibition is on from August 2 to 7 at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda.